Welcome to Distant Stitch

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About Siân Martin
Siân Martin
Siân Martin

Siân Martin is an experienced teacher of stitched textiles. She has successfully guided numerous students through the Certificate and Diploma Embroidery City and Guilds syllabus since 1980.

Siân developed the concept of Distant Stitch in 1991 so that students could follow courses that fitted in better with their life style. She is the director of Distant Stitch and the tutor for the Embroidery Courses.

Siân enjoys working with all her students and is particularly pleased to meet and tutor Distant Stitch students in person at the annual Summer School.

Siân invites you to visit her blog ‘Stitch Loop’

Siân has been involved in creating her own stitch textile work since graduating with a degree in Embroidery. She exhibits her own work with three contemporary professional British textile art groups:

Click here for a Gallery of some of Siân's work.
About Viv White
Viv White
Viv White

Viv White is an experienced teacher of art and design and textiles. As an advisory teacher for art, she worked with both adults and children.

Viv enjoys watching students’ confidence and creativity grow under her guidance. She is excited about joining the Distant Stitch team of tutors, stimulated by this new way of learning and looks forward to seeing work from students online.

She gains inspiration for her own textile work from the varied landscape and wildlife around her home.

Viv exhibits with groups and through Somerset Arts Week and teaches workshops in partnership with her daughter Lizzy who is also a textile artist.

About Lizzy Lewis
Viv White
Lizzy Lewis

Lizzy Lewis is the newest member of the Distant Stitch team. She graduated from Bath Spa University in 2013 with a First Class Degree in Mixed Media Textiles and Fine Art.

Lizzy has experience teaching workshops and runs courses in partnership with her mum, Viv. She has taught courses at Urchfont Manor and Bath Spa University covering a range of subjects including Machine Embroidery, Creative Sketchbooks and Drawing. Lizzy enjoys sharing ideas with others and is pleased to be part of the Distant Stitch team of tutors.

Lizzy is an advocate of traditional technique and works using machine embroidery, print and surface manipulation such as cutwork and drawn-thread embroidery. She pushes the boundaries of these techniques and looks at how she can provoke and subvert the way in which it is presented to an audience. She likes to involve the viewer in the narrative of the work and uses lighting, film and mirrors in combination with these techniques to create an interaction.

Lizzy’s work has been shown regularly in group exhibitions and she has also had work selected for national exhibitions.

About Janet Crowther
Janet Crowther

Janet Crowther is an experienced teacher and textile artist.

She works in a range of textile media: stitching, weaving, dyeing, felting, knitting, braiding, paper and quilting.

Janet teaches City & Guilds machine embroidery and design-based courses at Urchfont Manor College, taking over from Val Campbell-Harding. She also lectures and tutors many other workshops and summer schools.

Janet exhibits her work regularly with the Textile Studio. Her work has been shown in galleries across Great Britain.

Janet gained a distinction in Art & Embroidery in her teacher training, before her long career in schools.

Janet has chaired and is an active, dedicated member of a number of textile organisations.

About Josephine Edge

Josephine Edge

Josephine Edge is an experienced adult education tutor and was awarded Distinction for her teacher training.

She teaches machine embroidery, passementerie and textile book binding.

Her work has been exhibited in the South West and in London.

She is an artist and a writer as well as a published poet.

Josephine is delighted to be a tutor for Distant Stitch and to continuing her teaching career online and looks forward to imparting the joy of achievement!

About Sylvia Grant
Sylvia Grant

Sylvia Grant is an experienced teacher of Art, Design and Textiles for a wide spectrum of students which has included learners with Special Needs, Primary, Comprehensive, Further Education and Degree candidates.

Through the medium of 'fabric and stitch' she delivers a wealth of textile related courses and workshops on both a recreational and syllabus basis. Sylvia's most recent personal work is 'mixed-media' incorporating contemporary patchwork & quilting with ceramics which is exhibited locally as well as throughout the West Country.
As a member of the Embroidery Masterclass at Urchfont Manor, Sylvia works with her fellow students who have formed an exhibiting group called Stitch Textile Artists.

Sylvia is currently the Internal Verifier for several City & Guilds Embroidery and design based courses at Urchfont Manor.

With more than 30 years experience lecturing at Wiltshire College, Sylvia is now looking forward to joining the Distant Stitch team of tutors to deliver the Patchwork and Quilting Course.

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